Note that “mature” plants are those in the flowering stage, when plants begin to produce buds; “immature” plants are those in the vegetative stage, before they produce buds. A “household” is defined as two or more people living at a single residence.
You might be surprised which states don’t allow homegrowing—only five medical states and one medical territory allow homegrowing at all, and some adult-use states require a medical card.
Your homegrowing journey starts with the question: indoors or outdoors?
Quick overview of the basics of growing marijuana
The best way to get quality buds and big yields is to grow strong, healthy plants. Here’s a quick rundown of the most important things you need to know about growing weed:
Growing outdoors is the cheapest and easiest way to grow, because you can utilize the power of the sun and other natural resources, but you need the proper space to do it, and the space needs to be able to get ample sunlight throughout the growing season. Often, you can let plants grow large and get big yields with more space outdoors.
Where is it legal to homegrow cannabis?
Check out our Guide to marijuana legalization for more details on homegrowing in your state.
Because the plant was illegal for so long, a lot of grow info has been passed down by word of mouth. There are many myths and traditions about growing weed, so it can be hard to sort good, sound advice from hearsay. Also, because it was illegal, there’s ample information on indoor growing and how to get the most out of a small space by maximizing harvests and training plants.
But truthfully, if you just need medicine for personal use, growing can be incredibly easy. Even if all you’re doing is a simple hand-watered grow, you can easily end up with several ounces of buds off your first plant, even if you make lots of mistakes.
If you click the picture and zoom in close, you can see that nearly all the sparkly trichomes are milky white, indicating that this bud has reached the highest levels of THC.
Sometimes you won’t be able to find much about the strain, but usually, you can find out some information about the breeder. One breeder that has been dazzling me lately is DNA Genetics in their collaborations with Crockett Family Farms such as Super Silver OG and Kandy Kush.
Not sure which grow light to get? Check out this list of the 5 Best LEDs for Growing Weed (beginner-friendly)
3.) The strain makes a HUGE difference in your results
I think a lot of people want to feel like they accomplished a major feat because they were able to grow weed.
Great airflow also prevents the bud killer known as bud rot. It even helps prevent some types of bugs from attacking your plants. And that’s not the only benefit, having a nice breeze going around your plants can actually make them grow faster overall.
If you want to learn from my mistakes, you’ll love today’s article, because it breaks down 7 important things I wish I’d known about growing weed when I first started.
2.) The grow light may be the most important tool in the grow room
Don’t go overboard with fans or you’ll give your plants wind burn. Leaves should be gently rustling but not waving around.
I hope that helps you as much as it would have helped me when I started growing.